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Making Valentine’s Day Special for Your Elderly Loved One

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Even though Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, you still have time to plan some fun activities to do with your senior loved one. The Fort Myers elderly care experts at Home Care Assistance have come up with a few ideas for spending the day together and making it a special one.

Have an In-Home Picnic

A picnic in the house on Valentine’s Day may not seem like the typical choice, which can make it all the more surprising for your loved one. You can prepare a meal featuring traditional picnic dishes or order takeout from his or her favorite restaurant. Serve the meal on a blanket spread on the living room floor. You can even get your loved one in on the act by having him or her help decorate the room with Valentine-themed streamers and garlands.

Watch Romantic Movies

Invite the entire family over for a night of romantic movies. Encourage everyone to bring his or her favorite family-appropriate romantic comedy or drama. A few good ideas include Love Actually, When Harry Met Sally and Casablanca. Don’t forget the popcorn and other movie snacks as well. 

Make Homemade Treats

No Valentine’s Day is complete without eating a few sweet treats. Encourage your loved one to help you make his or her favorite cookies and candies. You can even package up the extras to deliver to friends and family together.

Put Together a Scavenger Hunt

Buy your loved one several small gifts, stash them around the house, and provide a series of clues designed to lead him or her to each gift. The final clue can be a hint to the evening’s activity, such as dinner at your loved one’s favorite restaurant.

Create a Day of Surprises

When your loved one goes to sleep the night before Valentine’s Day, place Valentine’s cards and candies at various places around the house where he or she will be sure to find them throughout the day. On each card, write a short message about why your loved one is special to you. You can even surprise your loved one by decorating the room where he or she spends the most time. Try starting off the day with a Valentine-themed breakfast of heart-shaped pancakes or French toast.

If you can’t be with your loved one this Valentine’s Day, consider hiring a professional caregiver who can provide social stimulation. At Home Care Assistance, our caregivers are expertly trained, available 24/7, and can help with a wide variety of important daily tasks. For seniors who need more extensive assistance, we also offer specialized Alzheimer’s, post-stroke, and Parkinson’s care Fort Myers families trust. To learn more about our in-home care services, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 239.449.4701 to schedule a free in-home consultation.